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Is Jimmy Graham a tight end or receiver?

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10:10 AM ET 01.19 | New Orleans officials feel they have pretty solid analytics on their side if they are forced into a grievance battle over whether Jimmy Graham is a tight end or a wide receiver. The preference is to avoid a franchise-tag fight by getting Graham signed to a long-term deal. That said, the Saints have some cap issues. .

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January 19, 2014  10:11 AM ET

Are they deciding this question based on the Seattle game? Nope, not a receiver.

January 19, 2014  10:23 AM ET

the cap hit on TE vs WR is substantial for franchise tagging, for sure. But I'd say it's up to the team to decide, not the player. I imagine that not in the CBA.

January 19, 2014  10:31 AM ET

Tight end.

You don't get to just magically call yourself a WR come contract time; not when you've lined up as a TE for the last four years.

January 19, 2014  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Are they deciding this question based on the Seattle game? Nope, not a receiver.

Some would say after that that showing he's not even a football player.

January 19, 2014  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Tight end.You don't get to just magically call yourself a WR come contract time; not when you've lined up as a TE for the last four years.

Correctamundo. I think he attempted a pass this season. Therefore he should be franchise tagged as a QB, right?

January 19, 2014  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Tight end.You don't get to just magically call yourself a WR come contract time; not when you've lined up as a TE for the last four years.

Totally agree

January 19, 2014  11:02 AM ET

So then fix your cap issues and you won't have to worry about whether he's a WR or a TE. If something stupid like this is going to determine your cap situation, you have way bigger problems than whether the best TE could really be called a WR.

January 19, 2014  11:09 AM ET

He ain't no Jason Witten.

January 19, 2014  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He ain't no Jason Witten.

Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather have Graham all day.

January 19, 2014  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather have Graham all day.

Witten is a first ballot HoF'er. But I'd take Graham today just because of age.

January 19, 2014  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather have Graham all day.

Let me see Graham play every down. Then I'll consider it.

January 19, 2014  11:52 AM ET

Overrated. He's a nice player. But he's not worth 8-10 mil a year. I would take him at 6. Brees was fine before him and he would be fine after. They need to worry about being able to run and play D. We know what Brees brings to the table.

January 19, 2014  11:53 AM ET

Overrated. I'd take him at 6 mil a year. Not 8-10. The money they do have needs to be conserved and put into D and to keep Brees upright.

January 19, 2014  11:55 AM ET

He's a receiving tight end.

January 19, 2014  11:56 AM ET

I was going to say he's both a TE and a WR since he does both, but after reading the above comments I have decided the major difference is the legs. A TE has powerful, muscular legs while the WR has powerful, thoroughbred legs. Really, the more things you can do to help your team win makes you a more valuable player.

January 19, 2014  11:59 AM ET

If they are going to pay him, pay him based on production. If he catches 70 a year for 1200 and 8 tds then pay him for much, regardless of position.

January 19, 2014  12:00 PM ET

Tough call.
One hand a guy who lines up in a two-point stance prior to snap on about 40% of plays and 3 point stance the rest of the time.
On the other hand he catches footballs-which is the defining characteristic of a reciever.
Technically they list him on the depth chart as a TE-but he wears an eligible recieving number. I think in terms of the franchise tag all tight ends unless wearing an ineligible recieving number should be afforded a WR sum. The two positions are more or less the same-at least for guys like Jimmy Graham.

January 19, 2014  12:00 PM ET

definitely a ''tight-end''........yu see that butt on that MAN...!!?,......*sigh*.

January 19, 2014  12:01 PM ET

The real question is, if they tag him, does anyone give up a first and make him an offer?

 
January 19, 2014  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

definitely a ''tight-end''........yu see that butt on that MAN...!!?,......*sigh*.

I started watching football one Thanksgiving because I didn't want to help in the kitchen (hey, I was 10, so sue me), but as a teenager when I saw all those men in those tight pants I couldn't look away. Then they did the most amazing thing....they bent over. I was hooked! lol

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